Coniston Old Man

by David Murray on 15 February 2011

in Cumbria, Mining, Mountains and Hills, Northern England

Here’s a nice photograph of Coniston Old Man, behind the village of Coniston, that I came across on Wikimedia.

It all looks very pretty in the snow, but it’s worth remembering that not too long ago men would climb up, at all seasons of the year, to work in the Coniston coppermines. These mines were opened in the mid-1500s and continued to produce, with a few breaks as companies came and went, for almost 350 years. Click on the above link for more.

Old man of Coniston
Photo by Chubbennaitor (Own work)
[GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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